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Old 05-04-2013, 05:29 AM
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King Albert II 20 years on the throne

Another jubilee this year

GVA published some news regarding the jubilee, which will be quite low-key

Koning Albert krijgt 'sober feest' voor 20e verjaardag troonsbestijging - Gva.be
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:40 AM
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Another jubilee this year

GVA published some news regarding the jubilee, which will be quite low-key

Koning Albert krijgt 'sober feest' voor 20e verjaardag troonsbestijging - Gva.be
I'd imagine it would be low key plus its also the 20th anniversary of the death of his beloved brother Baudouin. Goodnes those 20 years have really flown!
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Oh indeed! I watched a video of Alberts enthronement and it was heartbreaking to see Fabiola :/

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Oh indeed! I watched a video of Alberts enthronement and it was heartbreaking to see Fabiola :/

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He looked so nervous,I believe the canaopy of state was removed from behind the throne,wonder why this happened?
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I didn´t noticed that, but you are right. Did they removed it also at Baudouins enthronement?
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I didn´t noticed that, but you are right. Did they removed it also at Baudouins enthronement?
I read that sometime ago but will have a look later for the article,I may have read it wrong,which can happen when translating articles
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Albert II, the end of the reign before the summer?

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Honestly, I could see him abdicating after his jubilee.
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Won't Albert II be kind of scarred by being "the King who abdicated"?

Being a king is surely one of the best jobs in the world, and given (1) how many people want to be a king and (2) the fact that very few monarchs abdicate, and most remain king until they pass away, I find it kind of wimpy that Albert II abdicated. His actions trivialize the role of the King, by treating it as a job that you do only as long as you feel like it.

Look at King Michael of Romania--he is no longer officially King (not by his choice), but he serves his country loyally and performs many royal duties, even though it treated him terribly, and he's now 90 years old. It's not too much to ask that a reigning King keep at it, by comparison.
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he is 79 and has said it is for health reasons. My feeling is that he has a terminal disease.
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Won't Albert II be kind of scarred by being "the King who abdicated"?

Being a king is surely one of the best jobs in the world, and given (1) how many people want to be a king and (2) the fact that very few monarchs abdicate, and most remain king until they pass away, I find it kind of wimpy that Albert II abdicated. His actions trivialize the role of the King, by treating it as a job that you do only as long as you feel like it.
I don't think so. It seems to be becoming a bit common.

GD Jean of Luxembourg abdicated for his son some years ago. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands just abdicated for her son. The Pope abdicated recently. They didn't "have" to do it.

Also, he said he's doing it for health reasons. He feels his health will keep him from being able to execute his responsibilities properly. I think that sounds like a man looking out for his country's best interests and a man who takes his position seriously. I respect him for doing this. I don't see it as "wimpy."

Anyway, I'd be interested to know how many monarchs consider their job the best in the world, and in today's world, how many really want to be monarch.
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